April 21, 2018

who I am (at the moment)...

who I am (at the moment) | yourwishcake.com
I am...

...grateful for the random moments throughout the day when I can enjoy time with each daughter individually. A few snuggles with Verity while the older two are playing outside in the afternoon sunshine. Puzzles and books with Cora when Eisley is upstairs during rest-time. Trying out a new mug cake recipe with Eisley after everyone else is in bed. I can't do these things every day, but when these moments happen, I want to be completely present for them.

...currently reading The Read Aloud Family for myself, and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Skylark with the girls. I kind of forgot how the first Harry Potter book has a scene where a certain character has unicorn blood dripping from his face after, you know, drinking it. THAT WAS SPECIAL. (At least I'm quick on my feet when it comes to casually modifying things like this when I'm reading aloud. You're welcome, Cora, for not unintentionally scarring you during your toddler years.)

...kind of eager to exercise regularly again. Less for vanity, and more for strength. I miss being active (aside from the 48 times every day that I run up and down our staircase throughout the day). I also feel like it would help me mentally. Some days I struggle so much to keep my emotions in check, and I know that exercising regularly does wonders for my brain.

...realizing I need to print more photos.

...wondering what life would be like if I'd made completely different decisions and was currently single, writing books, traveling the world, doing yoga every day, spending a bunch of money on colorful furniture and artwork for my own apartment, going to wine bars (literally just had to Google this to make sure wine bars are an actual thing, because clearly I don't get out much), paying good money for highlights and blowouts, and enjoying the fact that my bellybutton was still intact. I don't want my life to be different than it is right now (except that I do miss my old bellybutton, may it rest in peace). It's just interesting sometimes, to think about how my life could be, had I made any number of different decisions in the last fifteen years.

...wishing I could be frivolous and spend a bunch of money on new jeans, bookshelves, and an obscene number of art supplies.

...missing my sisters, my parents, my in-laws, and pine trees.

— Further reading: who I was three years ago

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April 20, 2018

Walmart Beauty Box: Winter 2018 (a review!)...

Walmart Beauty Box, Winter 2018 | yourwishcake.com
Sometimes it feels awkward to be posting about such trivial things as beauty products when there are so many more important things happening in the world (and in my brain), but I suppose sometimes a little fluff can be refreshing in one way or another. Escapism, right? Right.

(In any case, at least posts like these give me a reason to bust out my camera. I can't say I don't enjoy it. But I do have to do these things while my husband is at work so he doesn't look at me like I've lost my marbles.)

So! Am I the last person on earth to receive my winter beauty box from Walmart? Considering mine arrived in the mail this month, I'd say that's a definite possibility. Who knows what happened, but either way, I thought this would be a good excuse to take random photos of the goodness I received and share it here on the ol' blog.

Walmart Beauty Box, Winter 2018 | yourwishcake.com
I was actually surprised by how many products they packed into the box this time around. I love when I immediately see things I know I'll be using right away! Here's a closer look at all I received (with links to the products on Amazon, because Amazon is my jam):

Walmart Beauty Box, Winter 2018 | yourwishcake.com
Ecotools Color Perfecting Minis — I'm more of a five-minute makeup routine kind of gal, so blending sponges are of no use to me. Eisley flipped out when she saw them, though, so I gave them to her for her "makeup" bag.

Aquaphor Ointment Body Spray — This product seems kind of weird to me, because I don't really see the need for a spray when you could just use your hands to apply something. Ah, well.

Biore Baking Soda Acne Scrub — I adore mini facial scrub samples like these, because they last for ages! I recently finished up one I had gotten from Ipsy and started using this one. I'm actually surprised it's called a scrub because it isn't abrasive at all—it's almost not enough scrub, if you ask me, but perhaps because it is targeted toward a more acne-prone face, it needs to be a bit more gentle. Either way, I'm loving it!

SOO AE Purifying Brightening Peeling Gel — This was a super weird product to use. The way it is described, I sort of figured it would be like a mask that you peel off, but that is not the case. You put it on your face, then rub all over until it starts peeling off—kind of like the way Elmer's glue would, when you were in second grade and would pour some into your palm and try to rub it off before it dried. (Don't act like you didn't do that, too, fancy pants.) I couldn't tell any real difference in my skin after using it, and I didn't necessarily see the point of going through the weirdness for the sake of skin purification, so it's not something I'd buy.

Dove Refresh + Care Dry Shampoo — Yes, yes, yes. They could throw dry shampoo into each of these boxes and I'd be a happy camper.

Roc 5 In 1 Face Cream — I have so many facial moisturizer samples right now that I haven't used this one yet. It has great reviews, though, and I like that it has sunscreen (which is missing from my current facial moisturizer).

Aveeno Lotion and Body Wash — I love Aveeno products, and these will be used right away! I love throwing samples like these into my husband's travel bag, because he uses too many of the cheap hotel products and I find those mildly depressing. I gave him the lotion, but had to keep the body wash for myself because it smells like heaven! (And I enjoy my bath products smelling like the great beyond, as one does.)
Walmart Beauty Box, Winter 2018 | yourwishcake.com
Dry shampoo: the lifeblood of women everywhere. How did we get by before this was a thing? I've legitimately pondered this very question for longer than necessary. As much as I don't think of myself as a very modern gal, surviving without things like dry shampoo, GPS on my phone, or podcasts would make me weep.

Walmart Beauty Box, Winter 2018 | yourwishcake.com
As a reminder, I pay for each of these beauty boxes myself and this post is not sponsored, nor do I get anything if you sign up yourself. It's just fun to receive these every few months and review them here! If you want to sign up for your own, just go to the website to sign up and you'll be charged $5 for each box you receive. They send boxes out four times a year, and I always feel like it's a pretty good selection of items for what you pay. 

Let me know if you received anything different in yours this (last?) season!

Further reading: inside a recent Ipsy bag

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April 14, 2018

five goals for spring...

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This last week had me thinking a lot about what I want to accomplish before summertime arrives and our schedule changes a bit (yes, even homeschoolers without an enormous amount of extracurriculars end up having a different summer schedule!). Resolutions shouldn't only be made in January, right? Right. So, I decided it might be nice to get a handful of specific goals written down for each season, to help guide my focus and hold me a bit more accountable.

This month, I put together a list of five goals for springtime:

1. Always have fresh flowers on the table. My mom was in town for a visit last month, and she bought me flowers that came in a mason jar, and it pretty much made my life complete. I never, ever buy flowers (and my husband is a gem of a man, but he has bought me flowers like five times in our entire marriage). I realized after I had that bouquet on our table for a solid month (I would pick out flowers as they died, but the thing held on for a remarkable amount of time) that something as simple as flowers on the table did wonders for my mood. Isn't that weird? It would legitimately make me happy every time I saw it. So, my goal now is to always have flowers on the table, even when it's an awkward mishmash of clippings from our front porch, as seen above.

2. Continue building relationships with our neighbors. Even though we've lived here over a year, it hasn't been until recently that we've been able to socialize a bit more with some of the people who live in our community. The girls play outside every afternoon, so I have started having regular visits with several of our neighbors while the girls run around with new friends. We've never really gotten to know our neighbors well at any of the other places we've lived (apparently that's fairly common here in Southern California) and it has felt good to feel a sense of community with the people around us. I must confess: I'm awful at being the person who initiates conversations (introvert problems) but I find that I'm always so grateful for them when they actually happen.

3. Buy something for our home. I am so bad at spending money. That totally sounds like some sort of "humble brag"—and in some ways I know it benefits our financial situation, especially because I almost never splurge on anything—but it also means that even when I find a good deal on something, or see something in Target that I absolutely adore, I usually talk myself out of spending the money because to me, impulse buys equal irresponsible spending. I have to remind myself that if I do see the perfect gray shelf or a set of large wooden picture frames or a pillow in my absolute favorite color, that odds are it will be something we will have for years to come, and to just buy it already. There are still so many blank walls in our home, and I'm currently searching for a detailed world map, a large chalkboard, and some frames to decorate the wall along our staircase...

4. Start waking up early (almost) every morning. Verity continues to be a sleep champion/magic baby, and I'm more rested now that I've been in ages. I'm a mere shadow of the woman I once was. (In a good way.) I actually find myself staying up until 10PM without having a borderline panic attack about how little sleep I'm going to get. (Hallelujah and good night.) I'd love to start waking up before the girls again, the way I did a couple years ago, because even having twenty minutes of time to myself before the day truly begins does wonders for my overall attitude and mindset. I don't want to be overly ambitious and plan morning workouts and devotions and blog writing and planning-the-day and being dressed and ready before the older girls are up. (Sometimes when I start a new routine I need to take a chill pill. True story.) But I'd like to at least plan on having a cup of coffee to myself, in addition to one other thing—even if that one thing is finishing a couple chapters of my current read.

5. Be consistent with Spanish lessons. I recently started daily Spanish lessons through the Duolingo app, and even though I've missed a few days here and there, I've been surprisingly consistent! (The app has free language lessons with a beautiful design and hardly any ads. I totally recommend it!) With homeschooling, we are currently learning about Mexico and Mexican culture/history, and I thought it would be the perfect time for me to learn more of a language I've wanted to study since moving here. One of our neighbors has been quizzing Eisley, as well, and offered to help teach her new words and phrases a few times a week. (This is the same older woman who coos in Spanish over Verity in a way that always makes her burst into the biggest baby-grins. I love it.)

Here's to new (and hopefully achievable) goals!

Further reading: beginning of the year thoughts